If you love late-90s / early-2000s high concept comedies, then do we have some good news for you. Universal is putting together a sci-fi jokefest that was pitched with the title ‘Miss Universe’ – though that is subject to change – and it sounds amazing.
Whatever the title ends up being, it’s being described as ‘Men In Black meets Miss Congeniality,’ so presumably it’ll see some sort of agent going undercover at a beauty pageant to investigate an alien conspiracy, but let’s see.
One thing’s certain, it’s being described as a star vehicle for Nyong’o, who was so stunning in Jordan Peele’s Us, so we’re already on board.
The project will reteam Nyong’o with her Little Monsters director Abe Forsythe, which also sounds awesome. It hasn’t been released in the UK yet, it’s currently doing a festival tour, but the reactions have been positive. And seeing as it’s about a teacher (Lupita Nyong’o) who has to protect her kindergarten students from a zombie invasion, we’re probably going to want to see that too.
As with Little Monsters, Abe Forsythe is writing the script and directing. Nyong’o will produce with Made Up Stories’ Bruna Papandrea, Jodi Matterson and Steve Hutensky. Emil Stern, Sigmund Stern and Jeanne Snow will be executive producers.
Nyong’o has numerous vehicles revving, including John Woo’s remake of The Killer and 355, that international spy thriller that also features Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, and Bingbing Fan. We’re also hoping she’ll appear in Black Panther 2, but no official announcements have been made there. We’d be surprised if she doesn’t though.
No release date yet for Miss Universe (or whatever it ends up being called), but we’ll keep a close eye on this one.